As a public school teacher, I hear a lot about problems in education. And I hear a lot about solutions -- usually some new technology. Schools are installing high-speed Internet and interactive computer boards to replace chalk boards. I've even seen kindergarteners using the Internet, wireless laptops and all.
But at the school where I teach, students are learning with a different form of technology. And as innovations go, this one is decidedly low-tech.
It's a shovel.
Kids at my school, ages 5-11, all work in a garden.
It's a little corner of our city schoolyard. The kids plant vegetables and flowers, keep away the weeds and pests, and harvest what they've planted. And how is that learning? They are solving real-life math problems every day: how many seeds does it take to grow enough vegetables for everyone?